Thread by me.
Edinburgh, Scotland (LifeNews.com) -- The Scottish Parliament, the devolved national, unicameral legislature of Scotland, is not receptive to legislation to legalize assisted suicide in that portion of Great Britain. Margo MacDonald, the MSP behind the bill, failed to garner enough support to introduce the measure.
MacDonald is hoping to get a private member's bill introduced at Holyrood next year but only has the backing of four out of the 129 that comprise the legislative body.
That means she is 14 short of the number needed to get the bill introduced and well short of the level of support necessary to get an assisted suicide bill approved.
MacDonald's bill appears to be modeled after American laws in Oregon and Washington state that require a waiting period before a terminally ill patient can request a physician to provide a lethal drug prescription...
As a direct descendant of a Scottish immigrant, I’m pleased!
After years of socialism, one wonders if this spark might ignite
to again replicate their heritage?
Thread by neverdem.
AN iron law of recent American politics dictates that any Republican setback at the polls will be quickly pinned on the pro-life movement. You might think that the Republican Partys 2008 debacle would be an exception to this rule. John McCain probably mentioned earmarks about a thousand times more often than he let the word abortion slip his lips. The Republican tickets weak attempts to play the culture-war card a Bill Ayers here, a Joe the Plumber there had nothing whatsoever to do with Roe v. Wade. And why should abortion opponents, of all conservative factions, take the blame for the financial meltdown, or the bungled occupation of Iraq, or the handling of Hurricane Katrina?
But never mind. Pro-choice Republicans, in particular, know exactly whom to blame for their partys showing. As Christie Whitman, the former New Jersey governor and Bush administration E.P.A. chief, explained after the election, it lost because the party was taken hostage by social fundamentalists, the people who base their votes on such social issues as abortion.
The conservative columnist Kathleen Parker made the same point more vividly: The evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the G.O.P. is what ails the erstwhile conservative party. The neoconservative writer Max Boot was diffident about the matter (I dont think Republicans need to panic, he wrote, but one area where I do see some room for adjustment is on the issue of abortion) and the right-wing humorist P. J. ORourke was blunt (pro-lifers should give the issue a rest). The message is clear: If the Republican Party would only jettison its position on abortion, it would be back on its feet in no time.
For pro-lifers, these refrains are as frustrating as they are familiar. But more frustrating than the blame game is the equally familiar advice that...
"We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest."